The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Friday (20 March) confirmed marine refuelling operations at Singapore port face “minimal disruption” despite the ongoing Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“Presently, there is minimal disruption to bunkering operations arising from the COVID-19 situation,” an MPA spokesperson told Manifold Times.
The Singapore bunker publication was enquiring about how MPA’s operations have changed since DORSCON Orange, and the measures it has taken to ensure the continual operation of bunkering services at Singapore port.
“In line with the Ministry of Health’s health advisory notices, MPA has implemented precautionary measures via Port Marine Circulars* (PMC) No. 4, No. 12 and No. 13 of 2020,” said the spokesman.
“Frontline officers in the bunkering industry should follow the precautionary measures such as conducting daily health checks and observing good personal hygiene.
“Maritime enterprises, including bunkering companies, are also advised to carry out their business continuity plans that can include telecommuting and team segregation.
“We are closely monitoring the rapidly developing COVID-2019 situation while remaining committed to working with the bunkering industry to ensure minimal disruption to bunkering operations and services.”
A recent survey conducted by Manifold Times has found several firms along the marine fuels supply chain actively responding by implementing Business Continuity Plans after the Ministry of Health (MOH) increased its COVID-19 risk assessment to DORSCON Orange.
These entities included bunker supplier Global Marine Transportation, marine fuels testing laboratory and surveying firm Veritas Petroleum Services, mass flowmeter manufacturer Endress+Hauser, and trading house Synergy Asia Bunkering.
Players within the marine surveying and bunker buying sector in late February said the Singapore shipping industry has been adapting well to the changes and coming up with alternative ways to get the job done in most cases – as business goes on.
Bunker sales at Singapore port increased by 2.5% on year in February 2020.
*For more information on the PMCs, please visit http://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices.
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Published: 23 March, 2020
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